Located in the center of inviting Bryson City, NC, just one mile from both Great Smoky Mountains National Park and 10,600 acre Fontana Lake and one block from the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad’s depot, the store has become a can’t miss destination on any visit to the Smokies. Walk into swell surroundings, wafting music and the fragrance of handcrafted soaps. Customers have said “It’s like an art gallery inside a BBQ sauce store with a heavy dose of cool,” and “I could live in here.”
Lance and Tina Holland spent their young adulthoods as back country guides in various parts of the southern Appalachians leading to twenty year careers. Lance as a Location Manager/Scout for major motion pictures including The Last of the Mohicans and The Fugitive. Tina as the storekeeper at Fontana Village catering to tourists and Appalachian Trail hikers. In 2010 they combined their talents to create a unique experience at
The purpose of this website is to invite you to visit us in the store and enjoy the unique and fun experience that has had people returning year after year to see what we are up to next. We ship a limited number of items; but much of our stuff is breakable, handmade, or one-of- a-kind and not suited for unescorted travel.
Lance Holland is a man of varied talents: backcountry guide, builder, author of Fontana: A Pocket History of Appalachia and coauthor of Hiking Trails of the Smokies. He worked twenty years as a location manager/scout for motion pictures including "The Last of the Mohicans", "The Fugitive", and "Nell". Lance produced and directed the historic documentary films Nantahala: Land of the Noonday Sun and Hiking on Hazel Creek. He lives in the Stecoah community in the heart of the western North Carolina mountains and owns Appalachian Mercantile in Bryson City, North Carolina.